Welcome back to the annual Tekspecz.net back to school tech guide,on my last entry,we went over what I think are the best tablets for today's high tech students. In this 2nd installment of Tekspecz.net Back To School guide we will take a look at the best laptops money can buy. As you know,laptops have become a main staple for students in acquiring an higher education,its no longer a luxury item but a necessity for students and non students alike. What I think most students want in today's laptop is something thin and very compact, yet performs well. More importantly students want to get the most out of their laptops no matter what the price tag is. I just so happen to have a couple of laptops for the studious masses that will fit their educated needs.
Students With Deep Pockets
The (2013) 13-inch MacBook Air
Whats a serious student without a MacBook Air,if your student in need of the perfect Ultraportable machine that's sleek in design,yet light in weight,the MacBook Air is the best choice you can make. I can personally vouch for the new MacBook Air's greatness ( Checkout my review on the MacBook Air) as it has the best keyboard setup I've ever seen on a laptop and runs very smooth and fast due in part to its PCIe SSD storage drive that's inside. The main attraction on the new MacBook Air is its 12 hours of battery life all due in part to the new Intel Haswell processor that's inside which if you don't know by now doesn't require a lot of power.
The Specs: 13-inch display,a 1.3GHz dual-core Core i5 Intel processor,256GB flash storage drive, 4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 memory
Price point: $1299 on Apple.com
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p 15.6-inch Laptop
The 15-inch Y510p in my opinion is probably one the best Windows laptop on the market,. Its a true multimedia system that can handle anything thrown its way.Many consider this laptop more of a gaming machine because of its heavy duty hardware. But this particular laptop can perform just about any task,from handling spreadsheets applications to video editing,its perfect for students looking to multitask between school work and gaming(No I'm not advocating pleasure before school task). On your down time you play some of most graphic intense gaming titles that's out on the market,its just a straight up damn good machine. It has a nice 1080p display and a pretty awesome red backlit keyboard, and of course its has a nice compact design,a very sleek all matted black color scheme.
The Specs: 15.6-inch,1,920 x 1080 display,up to 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-4700 processor,2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M GPU,up to 16GB of RAM, 1TB of internal storage with a optional 24 GB SSD.
Price Point: $999 on Amazon.com
Students on a Ramen Noodle Budget
Acer Aspire E1-572-6870 15.6-inch Laptop
I normally almost always tell people if you want a computer that's going to stand the test of time and perform well,spend at least $800 or more.You know the old saying,you get what you pay for,you want a high-end quality machine,you have to break the bucks,you want to spend less, expect a crappy laptop,that simple. Since we're dealing with a student who is tight on the funds,the best machine I can find the meets the needs in both performance and design yet is dirt cheap is the Acer Aspire E1-572. Surprisingly this is a pretty decent laptop at a very reasonable price tag,it even has the latest 4th generation Haswell Intel Core i5 processor,it sports the latest HD Graphics 4400 chip. Nice simple laptop with pretty decent hardware is what you have with this Acer Aspire computer,also add that fact the laptop is a pretty nice slim form factor design.
The Specs: Intel Core i5-4200U 1.6 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz, 500 GB 5400 rpm hard drive, 4GB DDR3L Dual Channel Memory, Digital Media Card Reader (SD Card )
Price Point: $500 on Amazon.com